Introduction

The hard drive may malfunction if physically damaged or put under a lot of stress. Use this guide to replace it if the computer won't boot and or is displaying errors.

Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.
  • Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.

  • Rotate the laptop so the back panel is facing up.

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Slide the black battery latches inward to remove the battery.
  • Slide the black battery latches inward to remove the battery.

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  • Pull the battery out towards you while your fingers are still holding the latches in place.

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  • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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  • Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal.

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  • Remove fifteen 7 mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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  • Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose another screw.

    • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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  • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber "feet" to expose two screws.

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  • Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.

    • Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove a 4.8 mm screw on each side.

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  • Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.

  • The end caps will require some force to remove.

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  • Remove the following six screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver:

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 4.8 mm screws.

At step 11 there are only two screws. Those marked in yellow in the picture.

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  • Remove two 2.4 mm broadhead screws from the CD Drive bay with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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  • Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure.

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  • Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.

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  • Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard.

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  • Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.

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  • Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

  • You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.

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  • Lift the black retaining bar that holds down the two hard drive ribbons to unlock them.

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  • Gently pull the ribbons out.

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  • Lift the hard drive out from the enclosure.

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  • Pull the rubber casing away from the hard drive.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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